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Royal History

5 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 12 January 2011

With the Colin Firth movie The King's Speech topping the current UK film charts, Jamie McIvor introduces a special collection of archive programmes on Royal History.

Bridging nearly 1000 years of history, the Zone features many of the most famous Kings and Queens in British history including Macbeth (reign: 1040 - 1057), Mary Queen Of Scots (1542 - 1567), James VI of Scotland and 1st of England (reign: 1567 - 1625), Queen Victoria (reign: 1837 - 1901), King Edward VIII (reign: Jan-Dec 1936), the Queen Mother and The Queen (reign 1952 - present).


10 items
  • The Scottish Queen

    Colin Mackay looks back on the life of the late Queen Mother tracing her childhood in Glamis Castle, her husband’s accession to the throne and her stoicism during the Second World.

  • The Sovereign Flower

    In this programme from August 1980, many of those people closest to the Queen Mother recall their own personal memories of George VI’s wife.

  • A Foot In The Door

    Ninian Reid talks to Alex Dempster, the first British journalist to report on the relationship between King Edward VIII & Mrs Simpson.

  • Walking Through History: Edinburgh

    Neil Oliver takes a historical walk from Holyroodhouse up the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle charting the six years Mary Queen Of Scots spent living in Scottish capital.

  • The Highland/Lowland History Of Scotland

    Donald William Stewart and Louise Welsh discuss whether James the VI of Scotland was truly a cultured monarch and unifier of the nation or whether he was a traitor to his highland people.

  • Scotland’s Music: Queen Victoria

    John Purser explores Queen Victoria’s enthusiasm for both classical and traditional music including her patronage of fiddler James Scott Skinner and her love of Hamish MacCunn's opera 'Diarmid'.

  • Macbeth: The Highland King

    Fiona Watson goes in search of the real man behind Shakespeare’s mythic character.

  • The Day I Met The Queen

    Fiona Watson celebrates The Queen's 50th year on the throne by exploring the public's relationship with the long-serving monarch.

  • Scotland’s Music: The Court Of The Last King

    John Purser examines the music that would have been heard in the court of Mary Queen Of Scots and examines how her son James VI of Scotland helped re-establish Scotland’s cultural importance..

  • The Murder That Made Scotland

    Mark Stephen explores the events surrounding February 10, 1306, when Robert the Bruce slayed his rival to the Scottish throne in a church in Dumfries.


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